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Social services report into Star Hobson’s death delayed

The report that was due to be published investigating Star Hobson's tragic death has been postponed due to the "considerable amount" of evidence needed to be reviewed.

A report into how potential failings in Bradford’s Children’s Services may have contributed to the murder of Star Hobson has been delayed.

Last month the toddler’s mother Frankie Smith was sentenced for allowing the death of a child, and her partner Savannah Brockhill was jailed for her murder.

Star Hobson was only 16-months-old when she died at the hands of her mum’s partner.

During the lengthy trial last year it was heard that Bradford Council social services had been alerted of possible abuse of Star several times before her death.

At the end of the trial, it was announced that a review of the failings of social services would be released in January.

However, today it was announced that this publication date had been delayed due to the “mass of evidence” that had not become available until the trial.

Jane Booth, Chair of The Bradford Partnership – Working Together to Safeguard Children, said: “Following detailed discussions between the National Panel and the safeguarding partnership for the Bradford District we have taken the decision to do further work to the Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review into how agencies responded to the events leading up to the terrible murder of Star Hobson.

“This means that we will not be in a position to publish the review in January 2022 as we had originally projected.

“Many people will be aware that a considerable amount of detailed evidence emerged during the murder trial.

“Not all this evidence was available to the independent author of the review. Both the National Panel and our partners have agreed that this mass of evidence needs to be looked at in great depth to make sure the review’s recommendations are as robust as they can be so that learning for all agencies is captured.

“Following the trial, the author has now also been able to speak directly with Star’s family and we want their views to be fully reflected in the final report.

“We also want to work closely with those reviewing the case of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to understand common themes across both cases.

“We know that not being able to publish the review in January is disappointing, particularly for the family and friends of Star, but we owe it to Star to make sure that the findings of the review take account of all the facts that emerged during the trial.

“It is vital that we all – partner agencies, staff and our communities – have full confidence in the review’s recommendations and the actions that our partnership will need to take in the future to better protect children.

“We will announce a new publication date in due course.”

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